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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

105 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 205
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-07-2002)
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Reviews by Ego:
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Ego

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

no freshness date... $9.99 @ Buy Rite, Edison NJ (they have a bunch)

the cork smells like skunked chardonnay, foam is trying to escape out of the top, better pour this already!


eyes..
beautiful murk of orange body, straw yellow on the bottom, half a finger of fluffy white head that will be there forever, excellent...

nose...
belgian trappist funk with a geuze-ish characteristic, grass, bread, honey, rotten citrus, some dark fruits buried in the back end.. and do I detect something like.. cinnamon ? again.. excellent...

mouth...
8% ? are you kidding.. this is almost as smooth as apple juice with a tart finish... it is part dry, part still wet on the pallette after a sip! the carbonation fools you on the body which is actually quite light. is there some straight forward hop flavor in there ? in one sip I think "geuze" ..another I think "pale ale"... and another "belgian farm"... but all are subued here and not as distinct as those styles. incredibly drinkable!

verdict:
great beer, worth picking up no doubt.. very easy to drink and yet interesting to try and breakdown all that is going on here. this beer isnt harsh in any aspect imo.

07-20-2005 02:37:45 | More by Ego
More User Reviews:
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%

Appearance: Bubbly lace stays from an active carbonation, amber brown in colour that has a cloudy murky look to it.

Smell: Dirty earth aroma; musty basement and tree bark. Hints of odd fruit and malted grain are there but the earthy smell is strong.

Taste: Some malt sweetness, herbal oily hop up front. Harsh medicinal phenolic bite with hench-flavours showing additions of herbs and spices very few can be picked out other than some liquorice … rosemary? Mildly tart. Bitter and dry finish with lingering phenols.

Mouthfeel: Quite crisp with a slight viscous mouth feel that feigns a body bigger than it actually is.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer does not surprise me from Fantome … always pushing the envelope and always original. Just a big ass farmhouse style ale.

01-11-2003 15:04:19 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

Something special for review 800. Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass. Curse these Fantome corks!
Appearance: Clear, tangerine orange body on the initial pour, with two fingers of white billowing head. Lots of carbonation evident in the glass. Exceptional head retention and cirrus and cumulus clouds of lace decorate the sides of the glass. The body clouds a bit on the 2nd and final pour, but the overall appearance of this fine Belgian Saison is a joy to behold.

Aroma: Complex and inviting, similar, yet different than the regular Fantome Saison. Citrusy lemon, a hint of tangerine, clover honey, exotic spices, and the signature Fantome funky yeast. Herbal and grassy notes abound.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied. Citrusy tart, with a wonderful funky yeast presence.

Taste: Incredibly complex. Like the aroma, lemony citrus, honey soaked tangerine, herbal and grassy, clover honey, lemonzest bitterness, leathery yeast notes, pear and green apple fruitiness. This one is amazing, with its depth of flavors. So earthy you can almost taste the dirt. Some dry, vinous character, but no noticeable alcohol. Slightly acidic at times, but mostly smooth and herbal. Some chalky notes at times. Finish and aftertaste are dry, spicy, and lemony. Evokes thoughts of idyllic poetry and buccolic art.

Drinkability: Incredible! Limited by availability more than price. Give me a bottle of this and I will wander to a meadow and graze with sheep, thinking wonderful thoughts about the amazing complexity of this nectar. This one comes close to all 5's.

06-01-2005 22:45:41 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

wahoo- got to try this nectar of the gods at the VSK night @ the BTAH in NYC.This poured a cloudy and murky shade of orangy brown, lifting a slight tiny bubble head and leaving some classic lacing. Nose is all about the funk. Earthy stuff we have hear. Limes, peat, malt sweetness up front and more spicy tart hoppy ness in the finish. COMPLEX! What a delight in a glass. This is a brew with a ton of character, must be sought out by fine beer lovers.

10-14-2004 03:11:10 | More by Billolick
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance: Dark orange tone with an effervescent bubbly off white head, leaves great evenly dispersed Belgian style lacing. Aroma: Sharp sweetness upfront candi sugar is evident, with awesome fruit filled undertones. A great wild spiciness and a woody cask aged funk to it. Taste: Rolling pale malts candi sugar, mild bitterness bubblegum sweetness complex layers of sweetness. A bit of a cidery finish to it very sweet but yet there's a balancing effect from the mildy toasted malts and fresh touch of hops thrown in. Mouthfeel: Creamy edge to it, effervescence is clear with a bubbly mouthfeel medium bodied ale meant to be enjoyed one at a time. Drinkabiliy: Save this one for special occasions a true Belgium delight quite a rarity in the states, very tasty and evenly balanced makes for sipping pleasure.

02-23-2004 00:10:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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azorie

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -13%

11-16-2011 21:59:07 | More by azorie
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seanthornton152

Oregon

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-17-2011 07:03:23 | More by seanthornton152
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

Smudgy brass hued with a few particles to obscure clarity. Scattered and rapid carbonation via microbubbles. The head is moderate and bone colored, but bleached a bit. And it stays all the while.
Gueuze-esque cidery, white vinous nose right away. It changes quite dramatically. Less of the sharp acidic tones, and more of the earthy, herbal, musty scrapings.
The taste undergoes a simliar transition. Lambic sourness off the bat. Cider and acetic acid, mixed with an underlying oaky chardonnay. As this warms, it changes thoroughly. Sharpness vanishes, as do any gueuze traits.

It becomes pears coated by multiple layers of dust. Bits of thyme and clove and rosemary and pepper. But spicing, on the whole, is muted. It travels country roads later, with distant horses and closer stables, full of must and hay. Afterward, fruitiness regroups. Lime, grape, and orange sherbets, melted, with streams of dairy creamer (when consumed at cellar temp- as I recommend- these are the benchmark flavors). Turns grassier around the close, aided by cobwebs and cold cement floors. Alcohol is never even considered. This is scary drinkable.

The mouthfeel is perfect. The juxtaposition between whole milk and sparkling water is euphoric. Sagging and dense, but bright and perky.

All told, a mindblowing shapeshifter here. This begins as a generalized gueuze and transforms, Optimus Prime style, into one of the best and most satisfying Saisons around.

This is fucking fantastic.

Huge, I salute you, once again.

05-07-2004 07:34:08 | More by cokes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

Simply a great drink. Traditional spices bottle conditioned in the winter and wait till the summer. Pleasantly decent aroma, somewhat grassy. Starts moderately sour and ends sweet aftertaste. After exploding the cork and pouring the large head, wait 15 minutes or so for the experience and it is less sour. great yeast, apple, grassy, citrus, orange peal, coriander, tad cider but not overt, peach apricot bannana, lemon marmelade. WIll have again.

09-19-2004 03:14:38 | More by Sammy
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Presented in a 750ml corked bottle with a yellow-orange label that is different than the one pictured here. Pours a hazy deep golden color with orange highlights when held up to the light. Head is considerably smaller than most Fantome beers - just a quarter-inch or so of creamy wheat head that subsides to a thin ring. Crisp aroma of tart fruit, citric acid, a whiff of floral hops, and a touch of vinegar. Palate is decidedly sweeter than the aroma - light sweet fruit (maybe a touch of peach?), becoming more tart before the swallow. Notes of fruity hops and light acidic vinegar become more pronounced towards the back of the mouth. Body is well-carbonated and lightly creamy. A thorough pleasure to drink.

10-02-2006 05:43:16 | More by ElGordo
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swamiswamu

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +12.1%

Its all there, the gigantic unwaivering head, the lacing, the half an inch of sediment on the bottom. The taste and smell are almost to complex to explain. The interplay of the malt, hops and yeast dance throughout the tongue. One of the best breweries out there. Amazing.

12-17-2004 02:23:43 | More by swamiswamu
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

From notes…

Largely clear on the first pour but it was very hazy on the second as the settled yeast found their way into my glass. Regardless the liquid was dark gold in hue, slightly coppery with a hint of bronze. The head was faintly off-white in color; at its highest point the foam was two-fingers in elevation. Head retention was decent, a foamy cap lasted the entire consumption and this cap was about a half finger in height. There was tons of unorganized subsequent lacing. It looks great in my glass. It is eye-candy for the beer nerd.

The nose is magical and very lively. The aroma dumbfounding me, I smelled it over and over before I wrote down one word to describe it. Nothing jumped out from the glass with a distinctive vibe but, then, everything jumped out at once. Sure, some of the smells were obvious, there was plenty of Belgian yeast funkiness, there were slightly sour undercurrents, and it was grainy (in a good way), plus light citrus, hay, grass, caramel, apples, candy fruit, wood, a barn, melons, and marshmallows. None of these aromas are stronger then the next. Overall the potency is moderate but the nose is very articulate. Inviting.

The palate is wonderful; it is everything I could ask for in a Saison. I am very impressed with the malt foundation; it is plenty healthy and rich with a toasted bread and caramel backdrop. It is kind of like a Bière de Garde. There are mellow honey influences throughout and even mellower kisses of spices that run a wide gamut. Most of these “spices” I can’t pin down, they are so elusive and light. Candied melon. Green apples. There are suggestions of dates and figs. Wood. Farm. Barn. Earth. Bitter herbs. And so much goddamn more! How does Fantome do it repeatedly? (That is a rhetorical question). This beer is jammed packed with flavor yet I can’t taste a hint of the alcohol. There is a long aftertaste that doesn’t let you forget the nectar you’re drinking. This is a wonderfully flavorful quaff from start to finish.

Medium/medium-full mouthfeel, the carbonation is low and natural, the mouthfeel is wonderful. It is so relaxing and insanely fitting for the flavor profile, wow. I don’t think the mouthfeel could be improved upon. The carbonation might be too low for cheese but wild game? Hell yeah. Fruit? Hell Yeah! A la Carte? Hell Freaking Yeah! Lovely.

This Saison is fantastic and perfectly drinkable. I’ve had this beer in my DBF for almost a year! What the f#ck was I waiting for? I am so lame. Did I ignore it for a reason? Did it fall into a black hole for months only to return to my amazement? That is the only valid answer. I purchased this bottle in Burnsville, MN. I hope I can find it in Iowa City because I need more. Highly recommended.

05-02-2005 15:32:07 | More by bditty187
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-27-2012 16:36:11 | More by Beertracker
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-02-2013 20:27:41 | More by GRG1313
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

From the new (2008) batch. Pours a light, hazy gold with a one-two finger white head. The foam dissipates after a bit leaving a thick film on top. Decent lacing.

Smells of citrus and other fruit esters, spices (coriander), and a bit of sugar. This may sound strange, but it smells a bit like Lemon Chicken (and I mean that in the best way possible).

Tastes sharply of lemon, followed by dried light fruits. Hops are there, but really overshadowed by the fruits; they do come through in the aftertaste a bit.

Mouthfeel is much more substantial than one would normally associate with the flavors present. Very little carbonation.

Overall, a very refreshing, drinkable brew, though a bit too citric for my tastes.

08-13-2008 22:24:41 | More by philipquarles
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -10%

A: Poured a murky burnt rustic orange with a creamy bone white head that was 1 finger high and exhibited an average retention length. The coloring was very nice, while the head settled to a thin whispy layering.

S: sour tangerines and an assortment of herbal hoppiness, most notable parsley, sage and some fresh hop vines. The aroma was subtle, yet pleasantly mixed, but not as dominant or complex as I found with many of their other beers.

T: The initial flavor yielded sour citrus, grapefruit, and lemon juice, perhaps compliments of brett. Tangerines, and some herbal hoppiness also play a role. There was a slight overall muskiness to the flavor with a nice tangerine sour kick coming in on the finish. Some mushy pears also linger about adding subtle hints.

M: sour, light in body with a very comfortable smoothness for texture. The carbonation is light while the finish is crisp and quick off the tongue.

D: Drinkability is good, another well crafted beer by fantome, solid by example and very easy to consume.

11-12-2008 23:14:38 | More by beerthulhu
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

Cloudy dark orange with HUGE head that colapses into a firm, messy layering. Steady carbonation. Yeast sediment is black(!). Spicy, white pepper aroma. Saisons can take many forms, this one takes the form of a lambic. It's tartness is barely complimented by a mild sweetness up front. In the middle is herbs and spices that I've probably never heard of let alone tasted, but the pepper came back, I know that one. And I hate using the terms barnyard and/or horseblanket because I don't live on a farm and never have, but they're there. Finished dusty dry and quick, begging you to pour another glass. Addictive.

Give this to an unsuspecting guest and ask them what it is. They won't say beer.

11-01-2002 06:07:30 | More by pbrian
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -41.3%

Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a big foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of weird spice mix with some sweet Belgian malt. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt, some spices with a weird funky notes that don’t mix well with the other flavour. Body is about average with some low carbonation. It just seems Fantome lost the way to properly mix funky aroma – I have been very disappointed in the last couple of bottle I tried from them.

11-29-2007 20:39:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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peabody

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours out a yellow/orange/amber with nice tiny white bubbles that are two fingers high.
Smell is subtle in this farmhouse Saison. Odd spices and grapefruit/orange peel/lemon peel. Slight clove and cinnamon here also.
Taste is definatly lemon peel at first with the sweet/sour taste of young white grapes.
Mouthfeel is sour at first then a sugary sweetness melds with the dryness of grape skins.
This is a very good session brew and I wish I could go to where it was made and have a fresh mugfull of it.

06-14-2007 01:56:58 | More by peabody
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

<i> Thanks to tiggmtl for bringing this to our tasting with MartinT, Oakes and Kimchee. </i> Appearance proposes a cloudy amber body with the almost typical Fantôme head, gigantic in size, off-white, mountainous, rocky with superb lacing. Yeast particules are everywhere. Aroma is very candyish, like sweet flowers, estery and eAstery, extremely yeasty as well. Lots of nuances in there, but flavor balance is mostly on the sweet side. Hints of powder sugar, vanilla, juniper, cherries, citrus... Taste surprises by its moderate sourness, sour grapes or cherries. Lots of fruity suggestions (myrtle, cranberry). Very spicy (ginger and many others hard to identify). Unexplicable barnyardy flavors gently complement this weird, funky fruitiness. Adorable as expected with just a slice of dry bitterness cutting through toward the end, but the acidity already had the harsh balancing task in hands. Great mouthfeel, highly carbonated, fluffy, airy.

09-20-2004 02:56:38 | More by Rastacouere
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brewbacca

California

4.7/5  rDev +9%

The booyah of sasions, meaning amazing, if you ever come across this drink it right away if you see more then one bottle on a shelf buy them all, you'll be in heaven for a majorly long time. for any other anwser regarding this beer read axisjones' review of ETE, I enjoyed it with him.

07-13-2005 08:06:59 | More by brewbacca
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deac83

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-02-2013 03:17:02 | More by deac83
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RMKaylor


3.8/5  rDev -11.8%

08-18-2014 10:41:33 | More by RMKaylor
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

A reddish color with a thin head and some waves of yeast.

Smell is full of red fruit, cherries and raspberries. There a such a lot of flavors going on it is hard to describe. I get fresh mowed grass, wood and spices like lemongrass. Also a big flowery smell like orchids or chrystanenium.

Taste is tart, the yeast provides an array of tastes with strong fruits, spices, lemongrass and flowers like horseflowers. A light medicinal taste also coming from the spices I think. A medium bitterness. Aftertaste is spicy with fresh ground black pepper taste, that also burns the tongue. A beer that grows on you with every sip.

02-10-2008 11:39:39 | More by Absumaster
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -3%

Huge fluffy head with a curious orange tinge over clear golden amber. Specks and spots and lacy trails on the sides. Brisk citrus aroma all the way down the glass.

Tingling tiny effervescent bubbles. Very tart. Lingering resin with emerging juiciness on top of the mouth. I keep thinking about biting into orange slices, or peeling a juicy orange with the zest squirting citrus oil all over your hands.

11-08-2004 00:50:58 | More by gentlebubbles
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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Été from Brasserie Fantôme
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.